Today, Olaf Scholz, the German Chancellor, warned of a world division as a result the Ukraine war. This warning was made at the beginning of the second day's G7 summit in Elmau in Germany. Scholz said that we must not fall for the trap set us by Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, who asserts that the world has been divided into the West and all others. The host of the meeting said that there are many democracies around the world, and that they all share similar perspectives. He was joined by heads of state and government from the United States, Canada and France. According to the German chief executive, he invited the heads and governments of South Africa, India, Indonesia and Senegal to Elmau because of this. These leaders, who had abstained from the UN General Assembly vote condemning the invasion in Ukraine at the beginning March, will be participating in a meeting this Tuesday with their G7 counterparts. Scholz stated that this matter must be discussed with all countries.
The foreign minister stressed that the G7 countries will not agree to a gold embargo on Russia, the largest producer of the noble metal in the world, at their summit in Bavaria. Scholz stressed the need to discuss the matter within the European Union. The United States previously stated that it would embargo Russian gold and invited its G7 allies to join the new sanctions against the Moscow regime. The German head of government was also reserved about suggestions such as not attending next fall's G20 summit in Indonesia if the Russian president is there. He stated that the decision about his presence in Indonesia would be made shortly before the summit and stressed the importance for collaboration between industrialized and emerging nations that make up this group.